Cloudscape – Voice Of Reason


Three years ago this Swedish band already surprised with probably their best album called ‘New Era’. Now the fifth cd is ready and is at the moment a regular meal for my ears. After quite some listening sessions, I’m not sure if this one tops the predecessor. I can only say that the style didn’t change and that the songs are again of a good quality.

Pure progressive rather technical (power) metal with a lot of symphonic elements are still the main ingrediënts. Singer Mike Andersson has the ideal voice for music like this, he controls the clean singing as well as the slightly rawer style with an edge. The guitars sound rather low tuned and the solos of Patrik and Stefan are o.k. Fans of bands like Evergrey, Symphony X and stuff like that will have pleasure with this new album. At first you probably have to get used to the bit complex, kind of chaotic sounding style, but after a few spins you get used to that and then the beauty of the music blossoms. The one song that is rather straight forward power metal is “All For Metal”. This is a track that could have been written by Gamma Ray or Primal Fear and is an ode to metal music.

Not a bad start of the new year for progressive metal music lovers.


01. A New Design

02. Futuristic Psycho

03. Don’t Close Your Eyes

04. All For Metal

05. Voice Of Reason

06. Thunders Of Extreme

07. Needle In the Eye

08. In Silence We Scream


Playing time: 49:00

Release date: 8 January, 2016

Label: Dead End Exit Records


Reinier de Vries
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Once a metal head, always a metalhead. My parents thought it would only be a period, but they were wrong. I quit to explain the beauty of metal music to others that are not into metal, because it is something you can't tell in words... It is like explaining to a teetotaller why a cold beer is so nice on a hot day... I started with bands like Accept, Metal Church, Iron Maiden and Metallica in the eighties and I think I will still listen to them when I'm stone deaf and old...

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